Black History Month 2024 

 

Black History Month Launch

Thursday, February 1 @ 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Tickets $10
Oakville Centre for Performing Arts, 130 Navy St, Oakville,
Buy your tickets here:Black History Month 2024 Launch Celebration (oakvillecentre.ca)

Our 2024 theme is Celebrating Culture and History 

This ticketed event will include the following:

COGEO’s YourTV Air Dates for the Launch Celebration

 

Burlington/Oakville Dates: Sun, Feb 11, 2024 8:00pm; Mon, Feb 12, 2024 11:00am; Mon, Feb 12, 2024 1:15pm; Thu, Feb 15, 2024 7:00pm; Fri, Feb 16, 2024 2:00pm; Mon, Feb 19, 2024 12:30pm; Thu, Feb 22, 2024 8:00pm; Fri, Feb 23, 2024 2:00pm; Sat, Feb 24, 2024 2:00pm; Sat, Feb 24, 2024 8:00pm; Mon, Feb 26, 2024 1:00pm; Thu, Feb 29, 2024 8:00pm

 

Milton/Halton Hills Dates: Fri, Feb 16, 2024 7:00pm; Fri, Feb 23, 2024 1:00pm; Fri, Feb 23, 2024 7:30pm; Sun, Feb 25, 2024 8:00pm; Mon, Feb 26, 2024 12:00pm; Wed, Feb 28, 2024 11:00am

BHM2024 Sponsors

 

Thank you TD Bank Group

Thank you to our community partners

Dignitary Greetings

Our Flag and Logo

In 2020, our Black History Month logo was designed by Charlene Pura, a Sheridan College student as part of a CCAH-sponsored initiative with Sheridan. We then had it developed into a flag that was present at event venues and schools. The Oakville Town Hall and Halton Regional Police Service fly the flag throughout February. We look forward to raising the flag for 2024.

Tuesday, January 31: Black History Month Flag Raising | Oakville Town Hall
Wednesday, February 1: Black History Month Flag Raising | Halton Regional Police Service

BHM2024 Program Outline

February 1-Feburary 29: Explore the Essence of a People: Celebrating Black History Month through Art | Oakville Town Hall | Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) | Curator: Joan Butterfield

Our Black History Month art exhibits aim to illuminate the captivating beauty and essence of a people. Featuring visually stunning works, these exhibits celebrate the profound richness of our culture. Carefully curated, each piece serves as a visual representation, offering a platform for sharing, connecting, and engaging with one another. Meticulously designed to empower and instill pride in our cultural heritage and traditions. Join us on this journey to explore the vibrant tapestry of our people through the expressive lens of visual art. Town Hall and QEPCCC exhibits are self-guided, but private tours can be requested at QEPCCC via info@ccah.ca.

February 1-29: The Underground Railroad: Next Stop, Freedom & Legacy Voices | Oakville Museum | 8 Navy St, Oakville | Contact julie.hawryszko@oakville.ca with questions

Explore Oakville’s relationship with the United States in the context of the Underground Railroad. Learn about how Oakville Harbour played a significant role in the journey to Canada for many freedom seekers. Key figures in the Oakville Underground Railroad story are introduced through the exhibition Freedom, Opportunity and Family: Oakville’s Black History, and excerpts from the multimedia presentation The Underground Railroad: Next Stop Freedom as well as more contemporary stories from the CCAH documentary Legacy Voices.

February 1-29: Oakville Early Black History | QEPCCC | Halton Schools

Traveling exhibition created by the Oakville Museum; displays with pictures and cultural information. Participating schools: St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School, Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School; Bishop P. F. Reding Catholic Secondary School, E.J. James Public School; St. Catherine of Alexandria; Garth Webb Secondary School; Abbey Park Secondary School.

Wednesday, January 31 @ 10:30 am: Black History Month Flag Raising | Oakville Town Hall

Mayor Rob Burton will raise the flag alongside Members of Council and Black-led community organizations.

Thursday, February 1: Oakville Matters, Season 8, Ep 1 | YourTV Studio | Burlington

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton will interview CCAH President, Andrew Tyrrell about Oakville’s Black History and 2024 Black History Month Events. Watch here: Oakville Matters – Black History Month 2024 (youtube.com)

Thursday, February 1 @ 1:00 pm: Black History Month Flag Raising

The Halton Regional Police Service will raise the flag alongside Black-led community organizations. 

Thursday, February 1 @ 5:00 pm: Interview | Halton News | YourTV Halton

Nikki Wesley of Halton News on YourTV, interviews Andrew Tyrrell, President of CCAH, about upcoming events planned for Black History Month 2024. Watch here: CCAH Black History Month Events! (youtube.com)

Thursday, February 1 @ 6:00 – 8:00 pm: Black History Month Launch | In-person | Tickets $10| Purchase tickets here: Black History Month 2024 Launch Celebration (oakvillecentre.ca)

This ticketed event will include the following: Keynote speaker Anthony Sherwood, who will review his passion for shedding light on Oakville’s Black history; land acknowledgment by

Elder Stephen Paquette; musical performances by Juno award winner Jully Black, Whitney Houston Tribute artist Geri Defoe and CCAH Steel Band; and youth performances by the Arthouse Children’s Choir, Girl Power’d dancers and a student poem. Our theme this year is “Celebrating Culture and History”.

Friday, February 2: Community Classroom CCAH Steel Band | Halton Catholic District School Board and Halton District School Board

As part of the Oakville Community Foundation’s Community Classroom initiative, the CCAH Steel Band will be performing at: Oakwood Public School, Brookdale Public School, and Heritage Glen Public School.

Sunday, February 4 @ 2:00 pm: Black History Month Art Exhibit Opening | In-person | Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre | Free; Register here: 2024 Black History Month Gallery Opening Tickets, Sun, 4 Feb 2024 at 2:00 PM | Eventbrite

Join us as we open a month-long celebration of Afrocentric Art and Artifacts. Artists will be available for Q&A. Caribbean-inspired finger foods to be served by Chef Romaine of Access Gourmet and non-alcoholic beverages provided by Nickel Brook Brewing Co. Curator: Joan Butterfield.

Monday, February 5 @ 4-30-7:00 PM: Clef Notes to Canvas| In-person | Halton Hills Youth Centre Acton | Hosted in partnership with the CCAH, Halton Hills and Hillsview Active Living, and facilitated by local artist Omar “Oms” Hopkinson | Supplies provided; no experience necessary | Private event

This is an interactive art session, where creativity, music and awareness meet. The first part of the program focuses on “The Struggle” whereby participants allow the mood of the music to evoke feelings that are translated onto the canvas. The second part focuses on the “Freedom” of creativity whereby participants allow music to influence exploration and expand upon the initial artwork created.

Monday, February 5 :  Interview with Melissa Davis | Oakville Chamber of Commerce 

For their Members of the Chamber podcast, the Oakville Chamber will be sitting down with Melissa Davis, President of Ugly Dukling, to discuss her incredible entrepreneurial journey, her thriving business, and advice she has for aspiring entrepreneurs. Ugly Dukling is an influential lifestyle brand boutique that collaborates with iconic brands, blockbuster films & celebrities to create limited edition collections. Special curated keepsake pieces are launched through pop-ups, creating exciting, memorable experiences. Listen to the podcast:

Special Episode, with Ugly Dukling & Ugly Dukling Beauty (buzzsprout.com)

Wednesday, February 7@ 11:30 am: Finding Freedom on the Sixteen | Hosted in partnership with CCAH and Halton Region Police Service | By invitation only

The amazing story of former enslaved African Americans from the State of Maryland and Louisiana who fled in search of freedom to the small town of Oakville, Ontario in Canada. During the mid 1800’s, these early Black settlers helped reshape the future of Oakville and made significant contributions to the history of Canada. Finding Freedom is produced in association with CCAH and features its own archived pictures of past president and interview with current president. The CCAH founder was a descendant of the Duncan family, one of the first Black families that settled in Oakville as part of the Underground Railroad. It was an official selection for the Baltimore International Black Film Festival 2023 and won Audience Choice – International Feature.
Wednesday, February 7@ 6:00 pm: Government of Canada’s 2024 Official Black History Month Celebration| Hosted by Heritage Canada | By invitation only

CCAH will be in Ottawa to celebrate Canada’s official recognition of February as Black History Month.

Thursday, February 8: Community Classroom CCAH Steel Band | Halton Catholic District School Board and Halton District School Board

As part of the Oakville Community Foundation’s Community Classroom initiative, the CCAH Steel Band will be performing at Oodenawi Public School and St. John Paul II Catholic Elementary School.

Thursday, February 8 @ 7:00 pm: Can you Hear What They Said? Unpacking the Power, Influence and Agency of Black Voices in Canada. Registration link is here:  Can you Hear What They Said? Unpacking the Power, Influence – Oakville Public Library (opl.on.ca)

 

Dr. Natasha Henry-Dixon’s talk will highlight Black voices throughout our history, focusing on the perspectives of Black people in Canada on a range of issues that affected their lives. Through examples, Henry-Dixon will demonstrate how exploring historical Black voices helps us to gain insight into their self-assertion, individual and collective consciousness, and shared aspirations for the future.

Saturday February 10 @ 10:00 am: Storytelling experience for children: Mhina’s Gift | In-person | Oakville Public Library | Glen Abbey Branch | Family Storytime: Community Building and Storytelling – Oakville Public Library (opl.on.ca)

Join the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton and Strengthen Hands for a community building and storytelling experience with featured author, Cameile Henry, as we celebrate Black History Month. In this family-friendly event, children come together to foster connections and celebrate diversity through engaging activities and captivating stories. Featured book is “Mhina’s Gift” which highlights the bravery and friendship and celebrates courage and the importance of embracing our unique gifts.

Saturday, February 10 @ 1:00 pm: Clef Notes to Canvas | In-person | Studio at the Halton Hills Public Library and Cultural Centre, Georgetown | Hosted in partnership with the CCAH and Halton Hills and facilitated by local artist Omar “Oms” Hopkinson | Supplies provided; no experience necessary | Ages 16+ years | Free; Register here: Clef Notes to Canvas – Halton Hills Tickets, Sat, 10 Feb 2024 at 1:00 PM | Eventbrite

This is an interactive art session, where creativity, music and awareness meet. The first part of the program focuses on “The Struggle” whereby participants allow the mood of the music to evoke feelings that are translated onto the canvas. The second part focuses on the “Freedom” of creativity whereby participants allow music to influence exploration and expand upon the initial artwork created. Watch more here.

Saturday, February 10 @ 1:00 pm: Storytelling experience for children: You Make a Difference | In-person | Burlington Public Library | Tansley Branch | Free; Register here: You Make a Difference – Burlington Public Library (bpl.on.ca) 

 

Join the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton and Strengthen Hands for a community building and storytelling experience with featured author, Cameile Henry, as we celebrate Black History Month. In this family-friendly event, children come together to foster connections and celebrate diversity through engaging activities and captivating stories. Featured book is “You Make a Difference” which highlights the achievements and contributions of Black Canadians, promoting awareness of Black history and inspiring children to learn about diverse role models.

Sunday, February 11 @ 1:00 pm: Interfaith Harmony: Sharing our culture and history| In-person | Hosted in partnership with CCAH, Shaarei-Beth El Congregation of Halton and Interfaith Council of Halton | Shaarei-Beth El Congregation | Free ; Register here: Interfaith Harmony: Sharing Our Culture & History Tickets, Sun, 11 Feb 2024 at 1:00 PM | Eventbrite

 

Celebrate culture and history through two documentaries: CCAH’s own “Legacy Voices” and No Silence on Race’s “Periphery” followed by group discussions. CCAH’s Parang Ensemble will also perform. Free luncheon provided featuring Caribbean and Jewish foods. 

Tuesday, February 13 @ 12:00 pm: Oakville’s Black History | In-person | EATON Industries | Private event

 

CCAH will present to EATON staff as part of their BIPOC Canada iERG Black History Month celebrations. Discussion to include the rich history of Oakville from the Underground Railroad to the connection of descendants of original Black settlers in Oakville to the founding of the CCAH.

Tuesday, February 13: Community Classroom CCAH Steel Band | Halton Catholic District School Board and Halton District School Board

 

As part of the Oakville Community Foundation’s Community Classroom initiative, the CCAH Steel Band will be performing at E.J. James Public School.

Tuesday, February 13 @ 2:00 pm: CCAH Steel Band Performance | Allendale Long-term Care | Milton | Private event

 

Our CCAH Steel Band will be warming up the residents with some Caribbean music.

Friday, February 16 @ 12:00 pm: Black History Explorers | In partnership with Oakville Museum, Oakville Public Library and CCAH | Oakville Museum | In-Person | Free; Register here: Black History Explorers – Oakville Public Library (opl.on.ca)

Explore local Black history with museum staff on a family-friendly exhibit tour; enjoy storytime with the Oakville Public Library; and get creative in a craft corner with the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton. Come ready to explore and get creative!

Saturday, February 17 @ 11:00am: Storytelling experience for children: Melanin in Me | In-person | Halton Hills Public Library | Georgetown Branch | Free; register here: Storytelling Experience for Children: Melanin in Me (hhpl.ca)

Join the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton and Strengthen Hands for a community building and storytelling experience with featured author, Cameile Henry, as we celebrate Black History Month. In this family-friendly event, children come together to foster connections and celebrate diversity through engaging activities and captivating stories. Featured book is “Melanin in Me” which celebrates diversity by exploring the concept of melanin and how it affects skin color. It encourages children to appreciate their own and others’ unique characteristics.

Saturday, February 17 @ 1:00pm: Author Event with Sheila White. The Letters: Postmark Prejudice in Black and White. Registration link is here:  Author Event with Sheila White – Oakville Public Library (opl.on.ca)

Author Sheila White will present her novel, The Letters: Postmark Prejudice in Black and White, a biographical novel about the courtship and marriage of her white mother and Black father in 1947.

Saturday, February 17 @ 02:00pm: Storytelling experience for children: Melanin in Me | In-person | Milton Public Library | Main Branch | Free; Register here: Storytelling Experience with Children: Melanin in Me – Milton Public Library – Milton Public Library (ON) (libcal.com)

Join the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton and Strengthen Hands for a community building and storytelling experience with featured author, Cameile Henry, as we celebrate Black History Month. In this family-friendly event, children come together to foster connections and celebrate diversity through engaging activities and captivating stories. Featured book is “Melanin in Me” which celebrates diversity by exploring the concept of melanin and how it affects skin color. It encourages children to appreciate their own and others’ unique characteristics.

Monday, February 19 @ 12:30pm: Family Day at QEPCCC MP  1+2 with Steelpan and Parang | In partnership with Town of Oakville and CCAH  | In-Person | Free; Drop-in | QEPCCC link here | Town of Oakville link here

Join us for a family-friendly event in celebration of Family Day. Our Steelpan and Parang players will showcase their talents followed by trying instruments. Arts and crafts available as well. 

Tuesday, February 20: Community Classroom CCAH Steel Band | Halton Catholic District School Board and Halton District School Board

 

As part of the Oakville Community Foundation’s Community Classroom initiative, the CCAH Steel Band will be performing at 3 Oakville schools: St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School, Falgarwood Public School, St. Gregory the Great Catholic Elementary School.

Wednesday, February 21 @ 11:00 am: Lunch and Learn | Resonance of Resilience: Celebrating Black History Month| In partnership with Halton Equity Diversity Roundtable | QEPCCC | In-person | Free; Register here: Event Details & Registration | Halton Equity Divers (hedroundtable.com)

Join us for an illuminating Lunch and Learn event celebrating Black History Month with Lucky Stickz and their immersive Harmony In Innovation Steelpan Presentation. This workshop offers a unique opportunity to honour Black history by delving into the cultural significance of the steelpan—an instrument deeply rooted in African and Caribbean heritage. Experience the story of resilience and innovation behind the steelpan, reflecting the essence of Black history and offering inspiration for overcoming modern challenges. Over lunch, you will engage in conversations highlighting the strength of diversity- fostering an inclusive culture where everyone feels valued and heard. This event promises a journey of cultural empathy, historical resilience, and a celebration of diversity, making it the perfect tribute to Black History Month.

Wednesday February 21 @ 11:30 am:  Lunch and Learn: Finding Freedom on the Sixteen | In partnership with Oakville Community Foundation and CCAH | In-Person | Private event

 

The CCAH is working directly with the Oakville Community Foundation to provide their members a private screening of the documentary “Finding Freedom on the Sixteen”.

Wednesday February 21 @ 7:00 pm:  Natural Skincare Workshop with Althea Fraser | In-person | Milton Public Library | Sherwood Branch | Register here: Natural Skincare Workshop with Althea Fraser @ Sherwood – Milton Public Library – Milton Public Library (ON) (libcal.com)

Discover the art of crafting a skincare regimen with this experience using natural products. While this workshop will primarily emphasize self-care using natural skincare products tailored for the Black community, all skin types and tones are welcome.

Thursday, February 22 @ 1:00 pm: Village of Tansley Woods| Burlington | Private event

 

CCAH and Chef Garfield Houstan, Open Appetite Catering, will be serving free Caribbean meals to staff of the long-term care facility to recognize their efforts with supporting our vulnerable seniors during these challenging times. Non-alcoholic beverages provided by Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

Thursday, February 22 @ 5:00 pm: Finding Freedom on the Sixteen| In partnership with Oakville Chamber of Commerce and CCAH | Film.ca Cinemas | Private event

The amazing story of former enslaved African Americans from the State of Maryland and Louisiana who fled in search of freedom to the small town of Oakville, Ontario in Canada. During the mid 1800’s, these early Black settlers helped reshape the future of Oakville and made significant contributions to the history of Canada. Finding Freedom is produced in association with CCAH and features its own archived pictures of past president and interview with current president. The CCAH founder was a descendant of the Duncan family, one of the first Black families that settled in Oakville as part of the Underground Railroad. It was an official selection for the Baltimore International Black Film Festival 2023 and won Audience Choice – International Feature.

Sunday February 25 @ 2:00 pm:  I am home: A healing session for Black Community Members | In-person | Milton Public Library | Sherwood Branch | Register here: I am Home: A Healing Session for Black Community Members – Milton Public Library – Milton Public Library (ON) (libcal.com)

In this session, participants are invited to answer the question: what are some pathways to experience a sense of home? Join the discussion with Out Here Healing, a duo of Black therapists believing in powerful healing.

February 26-March 1: Finding Freedom on the Sixteen | In partnership with Halton District School Board, Halton Catholic District School Board and CCAH | Film.ca Cinemas | In-Person | Private event

 

The CCAH is working directly with the HDSB and the HCDSB for viewing times for secondary school students February 26-March 1. 

Monday, February 26 @ 1:00 pm: Allendale Long-Term Care | Milton | Private event

 

CCAH and Chef Garfield Houstan, Open Appetite Catering, will be serving free Caribbean meals to staff of the long-term care facility to recognize their efforts with supporting our vulnerable seniors during these challenging times. Non-alcoholic beverages provided by Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

Monday, February 26: Finding Freedom on the Sixteen Public Premiere| In partnership with Sheridan and CCAH. We acknowledge the Oakville Community Foundation for their support with this project. | Film.ca Cinemas, Oakville | Tickets $5; Purchase here: Finding Freedom on the Sixteen Tickets, Mon, 26 Feb 2024 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

The amazing story of former enslaved African Americans from the State of Maryland and Louisiana who fled in search of freedom to the small town of Oakville, Ontario in Canada. During the mid 1800’s, these early Black settlers helped reshape the future of Oakville and made significant contributions to the history of Canada. Finding Freedom is produced in association with CCAH and features its own archived pictures of past president and interview with current president. The CCAH founder was a descendant of the Duncan family, one of the first Black families that settled in Oakville as part of the Underground Railroad. It was an official selection for the Baltimore International Black Film Festival 2023 and won Audience Choice – International Feature.

Wednesday, February 28 @ 6:30 pm: Land and Legacy | Oakville Community Foundation, Debwewin, and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation | Film.ca | Free; Register here: Land and Legacy: Celebrating Black History Month & Oakville’s Treaty Day Tickets, Wed, 28 Feb 2024 at 6:30 PM | Eventbrite

To commemorate Black History Month and acknowledge Oakville’s Treaty Day, the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton and Debwewin Oakville have partnered for a joint film screening on February 28th. This event will be the premiere of two film series. Legacy Voices 2: New Generation showcases the Black experience through the firsthand accounts of four individuals as they discuss their experiences of living in the Halton Region and explore how they will leave a legacy. This is a follow-up to the award-winning documentary Legacy Voices. The Debwewin Oakville Truth Series is a collection of videos which explores the themes of reciprocity and reconciliation through three separate perspectives; our connection to the land, the recognition of historical treaties and our connections with one another. The event will feature the two screenings and will be followed by a live Q & A moderated by Oakville Festival of Film and Art’s Wendy Donnan.

Saturday, March 2 @ 4:30 pm: CCAH Steel Band Performance | Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation| MCFN Community Centre| Private Event

 

As part of Treaty Day celebrations, CCAH Steel Band will be performing at the Mississauga of the Credit First Nation Reserve. CCAH is honoured to be involved with initiatives that bring together our communities and celebrate longstanding culture and history in our area.

Monday, March 4: Sizzlin Halton | Halton Catholic District School Board

 

As part of our Sizzlin’ Halton cooking sessions for schools, Chef Garfield will be working students at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School to discuss Afro-Caribbean cuisine.

Friday, March 8: CCAH Steel Band | Halton Catholic District School Board and Halton District School Board

 

The CCAH Steel Band will be performing at 2 Oakville schools: Syl Apps High School and St. Andrew Catholic Elementary School.

Saturday, March 9 @ 12:00 pm: Black History Explorers | In partnership with Oakville Museum, Oakville Public Library and CCAH | Oakville Museum | In-Person | Free Register here: Black History Explorers – Oakville Public Library (opl.on.ca) Explore local Black history with museum staff on a family-friendly exhibit tour; enjoy storytime with the Oakville Public Library; and get creative in a craft corner with the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton. Come ready to explore and get creative!

BHM2024 Halton School Programs

 

All programs listed below can be used during the regular school curriculum but are promoted for Black History Month 2024 (BHM2024). 

To access any program below, please email marny@ccah.ca or raquel@ccah.ca

For a full overview, please view this document

 

 1. Oakville Community Foundation Community Classroom:

 

a) Oakville Museum for Grade 6 Oakville HDSB and HCDSB students only: 

Through virtual tours, digitized artifacts, hands-on activities, stories, and a live interactive video presentation, this inquiry-based education program helps students immerse themselves into historical experiences that offer unique opportunities to experience our shared living heritage. Students will explore Oakville’s relationship with the United States in the context of the Underground Railroad. They will learn about how Oakville Harbour played a significant role in the journey to Canada for many freedom seekers. Key figures in the Oakville Underground Railroad story are introduced through the exhibition Freedom, Opportunity and Family: Oakville’s Black History, and excerpts from the multimedia presentation The Underground Railroad: Next Stop Freedom as well as more contemporary stories from the CCAH documentary Legacy Voices.

 

b) In-person Steelpan Music Discussion and Performance:

A live and in-school workshop with CCAH’s steelpan instructors where students learn about the steelpan and enjoy a performance; session is about 45 minutes. This session promotes diversity and inclusion and supports cultural development and learning. Up to 10 elementary schools in Oakville (HDSB or HCDSB) are funded by Oakville Community Foundation’s Community Classroom project to receive this program for BHM2024. The CCAH is working directly with the HDSB and the HCDSB for schools in Oakville.

 

c) Virtual Steelpan Music Demo (15 mins) and Mini Concert (15 mins):

Pre-recorded performance and workshop to be securely broadcast via the Ministry of Education portals. Programs funded by Oakville Community Foundation’s Community Classrooms project. Dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion, supporting cultural development, and encouraging civic engagement, the CCAH brings Caribbean music and education to Community Classroom participants. This vibrant and informative session about Steelpan has been designed for elementary students but may be used for secondary levels

 

d) Belonging and Racial Identity in Halton (2022) – Teacher Resource:

This community-led report is the culmination of a local survey that sought the thoughts and opinions of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour who live, work and spend time in Halton Region and was a follow-up to the CCAH 2003 report Growing Up Black In Oakville. To support the findings in the 2022 report and present them in a way that is digestible, accompanying videos, that CCAH President provides an introduction to, have been created. Topics include Inclusivity in Education, Cultural Displays, Inclusivity in the Workplace, Healthcare, Rebuilding the Justice System and more. The videos also outline several recommendations and include Discussion Topics. These videos are teacher resources. Running time: Part 1 is 6 minutes; Part 2 is 4 minutes.

 

2.Oakville Museum – The Underground Railroad:

Students will explore Oakville’s relationship with the United States in the context of the Underground Railroad. Oakville Harbour played a significant role in the journey to Canada for many freedom seekers. Key figures in the Oakville Underground Railroad story are introduced through the exhibition Freedom, Opportunity and Family: Oakville’s Black History, and the multimedia presentation The Underground Railroad: Next Stop Freedom. Accessibility: Please note that the multimedia presentation for this program is located on the second floor of the museum, accessible by stairs only. For groups with mobility issues, please contact us to discuss how we can best accommodate your visit.

 

3.Black History Posters:

Schools can be provided with informational banners developed by the Oakville Museum that relate to the displays within their exhibits. These provide educational information about Oakville’s early Black history. There are 14 posters in total; each is approximately 75 cm x 30 cm.   

 

4.Oakville Community Finding Freedom on the Sixteen:

The amazing story of former enslaved African Americans from the State of Maryland and Louisiana who fled in search of freedom to the small town of Oakville, Ontario in Canada. During the mid 1800’s, these early Black settlers helped reshape the future of Oakville and made significant contributions to the history of Canada. Finding Freedom is produced in association with CCAH and features its own archived pictures of past president and interview with current president. The CCAH founder was a descendant of the Duncan family, one of the first Black families that settled in Oakville as part of the Underground Railroad. It was an official selection for the Baltimore International Black Film Festival 2023 and won Audience Choice – International Film NOTE: The CCAH is working directly with the HDSB and the HCDSB for viewing times for secondary school students February 26March 1 at Film.ca in Oakville. Please contact your Board directly to arrange. Running time: 67 minutes. 

 

5.Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley:

 

a) Blues and Jazz with Chris Whiteley and Diana Braithwaite:

Pre-recorded musical performance featuring jazz songs, and the spoken word created by multiple Maple Blues award winning artists Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley. During the performance, they educate and entertain audiences with a musical journey through history to discover the early origins of jazz and the current music they performed. This presentation is educational while entertaining. 

 

b) Celebrate Canada’s Black History with Diana Braithwaite :

This 30-minute upbeat video for students provides an overview of Black history in Canada by focusing on amazing and proud stories about outstanding African Canadian legends from coast to coast with musical performances. Program suited for elementary and secondary students. 

 

6.Legacy Voices Documentaries:

Halton Region has a rich history of Blacks in the community that should not be forgotten. CCAH has designed and developed two film projects to highlight contemporary Black history in Halton Region. CCAH President, Andrew Tyrrell, is the Executive Producer of these films.  

 

a) Legacy Voices (2020) 

Five voices describe their extraordinary journey of immigration and settlement in the Halton Region. Often the only Black families in their community, they found strength in overcoming racism and worked for changed. The CCAH presents a Falling Motion production featuring Edwin Terry, Pamela Chase, Percival Greenidge, Merle Ling, and Andrew Tyrrell. It was an official selection for four film festivals: Hamilton Film Festival – Canadian Market 2020; Canadian Diversity Film Festival 2020; Quinte Canadian Filmfest 2020; an Honourable Mention at Film for Peace 2020; and Best Short Film at OFFA 2020. Running time: 15 minutes.

 

b) Legacy Voices 2: New Generation (2023)

Join the conversation with four individuals as they discuss their experiences of living in Halton Region leaving a legacy for children so that others may follow. This is a followup to the award-winning documentary Legacy Voices. The CCAH presents a Falling Motion production featuring Dennis Scott, Edwin Terry, Richelle “Shelle Papin, and Azelin Philips. This document won Runner Up Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film OFFA10 2023 (Oakville Film Festival). Running time: 15 minutes. 

 

7. Clef Notes to Canvas:  

This is an interactive art session, where creativity, music and awareness meet. The first part of the program focuses on “The Struggle” whereby participants allow the mood of the background music to evoke feelings that are translated onto the canvas. The second part focuses on the “Freedom” of creativity whereby participants allow music to influence exploration and expand upon the initial artwork created. No experience necessary.

 

8. (Un)healthy Youth Relationships for Secondary Students:

February is also teen dating violence awareness month. Presented by Radius Child and Youth Services, in this workshop for secondary students, youth will learn about the different types of abuse and how unhealthy relationships can begin. We will cover several “red flags” or warning signs that could be indicators of an abusive or unhealthy relationships. Statistics regarding types of abuse in different populations will be presented, as well as the impact of abuse on victims. Finally, we will talk about how you can help a friend who might be in an unhealthy relationship, and where the person perpetrating the abuse can seek help.

 

 9.CCAH Sizzlin’ Halton Cooking Sessions for Schools:

These cooking series were designed, developed and created by CCAH for secondary students in culinary programs but they are also an excellent opportunity for ESL students and participants in social justice or hospitality programs. While the episodes are focused on Caribbean cooking, food is a basic human need that transcends across all cultures and each Chef facilitates a general discussion about food being a bridge among ethnicities. 

Virtual: These are 30-minute pre-recorded sessions followed by an optional live/virtual discussion (30 minutes) with the chefs regarding food and cooking styles unique to the Caribbean. There are six video options to choose from among four chefs. Virtual sessions are broadcast via the Ministry of Education virtual portals.  

In-person: All chefs are available for in-person sessions at high schools equipped with kitchens. Foods prepared can be from the Sizzlin’ Halton series (6 episodes) or at the request of the school. As all chefs are professionals, booking requires 2-4 weeks’ notice to block calendars and shop for ingredients. Sessions are generally 1 hour.